a tale of two halves: cards defeat antelopes behind huge run in second
By Mike Gilpatrick December 23rd, 2017
Louisville G Quentin Snider looks on against Kentucky Wesleyan. Photo by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
cards look like different team after exiting locker room for second
Well, they aren't the Cardiac Cards for nothing... One moment, you think the Cards may lose the game. The next; the Cards are up by nearly 20. Then, look like a team that struggles to finish.
Following the nail-biter that was the missed game-winning three-pointer from Albany, Louisville let Grand Canyon remain in the game for the first half, but adjusted in the second, and downed the Antelopes by 74-56. Ray Spalding led the team with a double-double: a career-high 21 points, and 16 rebounds. Deng Adel and Ray Spalding were right behind him with 14, and 12 points, respectively.
The first half of the first wasn’t sharp. It took Louisville almost 12 minutes to get their first lead. The Antelopes guarded the arc incredibly well. Louisville only made one three, from 11 attempts. The Cards changed their game-plan accordingly. Louisville began to drive to the basket, made easier, close-range shots. The Cards ended on a 10-2 run. At halftime, the score was 31-25 Louisville.
Nearly half of Louisville’s points came in the paint. Ray Spalding and Deng Adel were responsible for 15 of Louisville’s points; with eight and seven, respectively. Spalding also rebounded the ball five times.
Another team came out in the second. The Cards were on fire. Louisville went on a massive 21-3 run in the half, and didn't allow a Grand Canyon basket for almost five minutes. By the time that free-throw came, Louisville had all but won the game. The Cards had an 18-point lead. They were shooting 50 percent, and getting the majority of rebounds.
Grand Canyon began to come back. The Antelopes drew a couple fouls, and had a three. Louisville didn't make a field goal for over six minutes, and again looked like they were going to allow Grand Canyon to come back. Louisville scored nine points, all from free-throws during the span.
Then, Spalding slammed a dunk to break the stretch. Grand Canyon followed with a dunk of their own. The Cards went on a 8-3 run to end the game. The last point was an impressive dunk from Deng Adel.
Louisville has one more game left in 2017: the Kentucky game. The Cards travel down I-64 this Friday, to play the Wildcats at 1 pm, in Rupp Arena. Louisville looks to build on last year's win, and defeat John Calipari on the road.